Summer/Fall 2012

For over 20 years, Touring & Tasting has been the Premier Guide to Wine Country. You can always rely on us to show you the way in both our magazine and our website.


5 Gorgeous Getaways

Wine country and beautiful sights go hand-in-hand. But if you want to capture something different in both your camera lens and glass, we recommend these five getaway spots.

Celebration Sonoma Style

Beautiful Sonoma County has it all. From its rugged Pacific coastline to its mountains, hills, and valleys, it abounds with wonderful food, wine, and people.

Destination Paso Robles

If you’re looking for an authentic California experience boasting untouched natural beauty, farm fresh cuisine, 200+ wineries, and an extensive variety of things to do, please read on.

Editor's Tour: P.S. I Love Paso

Join Editor in Chief, Wendy Van Diver, on her recent visit to Paso Robles, CA. Not only did she have a blast, but she couldn't believe how much wine touring one person could pack into 5 days!

Falling for Virginia

A true wine touring experience is not only what you sample, it’s about what you do, see, smell, and taste along the way, especially in beautiful Virginia. 

Lake County Rising

In the heart of the Mayacamas and Vaca Mountain ranges, just 20 miles north of the Napa Valley, stands the pristine Lake County wine country that has quietly been growing outstanding wine grapes for a very long time.

Lodi from Zinfandel to Albariño

Located in California’s Central Valley—a long hour’s drive east of San Francisco and a half-hour south of Sacramento—the fertile region of Lodi is home to more than 50 varieties of grape.

Notes From a Resident: Standout Washington Tasting Rooms

The State of Washington may have a reputation for coffee culture, hikers, and hippies in the west; cowboys, apples, and wheat in the east, but one thing is clear: Washington takes its wines very seriously.

Sweet Spots in Santa Barbara County

Even the name “Santa Barbara” makes people smile. Soaked in sunshine and serenity, the beautiful little city is located on California’ s Central Coast just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, making it a great getaway for couples, friends, and families.

The Bay Area and Livermore's Rising Stars

Although the San Francisco Bay area actually enjoys a long heritage of winemaking, its wines—crafted in the city proper as well as Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and a short drive east in Livermore Valley—have just begun to receive the international recognition they deserve.

Touring the Napa Valley: 11 Inside Tips

Today the Napa Valley boasts more than 450 wineries (there are 50 plus tasting rooms alone) so you will feel like a kid in a candy store when you first arrive.

Tying the Knot in Temecula Valley

Beautiful Temecula Valley serves as the perfect place to say "I do" for many newlyweds.

What a Find! Oregon Wine Country

Blessed with one of the most diverse climates in the world, Oregon is a fascinating place to grow wine. 

What Sierra Foothills Winemakers Enjoy Most About Their Craft

Here we ask some of the Sierra Foothills’ inspired winemakers what they enjoy most about winemaking and the Sierra Foothills.